I am not ready, so I won't do it!
Ugh...I am looking around the house and I am feeling very overwhelmed and frankly, a bit crabby. The Christmas decorations are still up and the house is in desperate need of a good cleaning. I could clean around the decorations, but that would involve moving a lot of things to dust...and I mean A LOT! When I decorate for Christmas I do it Hough-style, BIG! I love the garland and the twinkling lights, the nativities and snowmen. The 10 foot Fraser fir that is central in our living room, tells the story of our family. Each ornament carrying with it a memory. Ahhh. It is so beautiful. I love it. I really really do. Until now. I really really hate taking the decorations down. Actually not even the physical taking down of the decorations, but rather thinking about it. It makes me sad. It makes me crabby. I know that once it is all packed away and the final box is carried back downstairs and tucked away in storage, it's over. Christmas is over. I am not ready for it to be over. I AM NOT READY! The Christmas season is so full of magic and wonder and promise. The birth of that tiny baby Jesus brings hope to the world. And frankly, this world is in desperate need of some hope right now. Christmas brings out the best in people. Or maybe it actually just makes us look a little bit harder for the good. I don't know. All that I do know is that we, the Hough family, have been blessed beyond blessed this Christmas season. We have been blessed with family, both near and far. We have been blessed with friends. We have been blessed with enough...enough food and clothing. We have been blessed with a home and vehicles. We have been blessed with faith. Faith in each other, but also a deep Faith in God. We have been blessed with a beautiful church, and more importantly an amazing church family. It is truly remarkable. So you can see why I want to hold on to Christmas for a teeny bit longer. The dusting can wait another day or so. I want to cling to the hope and the magic for just one more day. So I will.
But tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow is the day to take it down and let it go. Tomorrow is the day that I will embrace the fresh start that the beginning of a new year gives us. Tomorrow is that hope from Christmas wrapped up in a big shiny sparkly bow just waiting to be opened. I will take my new shiny hope and promise and leap headfirst into 2013. I will take this hope and promise and I will do something amazing with it. What? Maybe I will finally get the basement organized. Maybe I will finally get the laundry caught up. (Yeah right!) Maybe I will snuggle on the couch with a squirmy toddler and read a story. Whatever it is, I am going to do my best to bring my shiny Christmas hope with me. I hope that you do too!